This week's bead giveaway is timely - after our little visit to the home of Baltic amber, it's fitting to share some pretty acrylic beads inspired by those natural beauties. There are two sets of beads up for grabs, all of them collected and treasured for their resemblance to lovely warm...

It's amazing when you think of the millennia of geological time it takes to create these beauties! Inspirational Beading: What is your favorite technique or method to use them? Catherine: It all depends on the stones and how the Muses are feeling that day! The jaspers are so beautiful on...

bead or material to pair these with? Ellen: I like the way wool has a little bit of fuzz to it. For instance, in this brooch, I enjoy the combination of the furry background with the smoothness of the beads: Sparkle Flower Brooch. And this bowl also has a fun combination of textures: Bounce...

One of my favorite things about creating Inspirational Beading, is having the opportunity to connect with beaders all over the world. Thanks to instant translation, I can share with bead lovers in dozens of languages, and it makes me so glad to live in the internet age. Inspirational Beading...

Three years ago this month, Inspirational Beading had only one post. But, considering the amount of work behind it, it was a big one. After what seemed like weeks and weeks of stitching, I shared an incredibly ambitious bead embroidery project. In square inches, it might be the largest piece I...

The results are in, and the winner of the faux gems bead giveaway is Pine Ridge Treasures! Congratulations to our winner, and thank you so much to everyone who entered. As always, your answers to the bead question were varied and exciting. This month, we talked about our favorite bead shapes....

I was very excited when I noticed that Turkey was one of the top visitors to Inspirational Beading in August, and I couldn't wait to start searching for some gorgeous bead and jewelry inspirations from this wonderfully exotic part of the world. Turkey is one of the world's oldest inhabited...

To celebrate how far Inspirational Beading has come, we're going to go back and take a look at some posts from three years ago, and how different they are from what you'll find here today. There were only three posts in August 2008, and all of them were part of the original concept: The...

Before I tell you about some new and exciting things happening here on Inspirational Beading, I want to extend a huge thank you to all of my readers. Your visits and comments make writing worthwhile, and I hope I can continue to bring you lots of inspiration and fun beading ideas for years to...

Congratulations to Amy of Amybeads, who has won the Faux Crystals bead giveaway! For this draw, I asked what your all time favorite Swarovski color was, and your answers were so varied! Montana sapphire was a popular choice - my personal favorite. I somehow knew that someone would choose...

 

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